After a long day, the thought of cooking an elaborate meal and thus filling a sink with dirty dishes can be enough to convince you to call in for takeout. That's why meals that require just one pot are such big wins on weeknights. These five one-pot meals lean on rice, along with plenty of veggies and protein, to make for well-rounded recipes that require nothing but a bowl and a fork to eat. Cleanup is guaranteed to be a breeze!
This stovetop casserole is comfort food at its best. Chicken, onions, and green peas cook together with long-grain rice in a creamy cheddar and thyme-scented sauce for a weeknight dinner that comes together in just about 30 minutes.
This riff on the traditional Cajun rice dish swaps in cooked andouille chicken sausage for the chicken giblets and liver usually called for. That not only makes it easier, since most of us don't have the latter lying around, but also much faster to throw together.
This recipe is definitely one to lean on when your fridge is almost empty, as it almost exclusively calls for pantry staples like frozen broccoli, frozen shrimp, and, of course, rice to get the job done.
Save last night's leftover cooked rice to make this one-pot dinner, loaded with vegetables and chicken, come together in no time. You can even use precut fresh vegetables to make the process even faster.
A couple of eggs, carefully whisked into the rice, add protein and richness, making it a stellar vegetarian main dish. All it really needs is a simple salad alongside it to call it dinner.